Free agency has not been kind to the Baltimore Ravens. Less than two months after winning the Super Bowl, the team is seemingly falling apart. The Ravens started the week off by trading veteran WR Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers. On Tuesday, LB Paul Kruger signed with the Cleveland Browns and LB Dannell Ellerbe signed with the Miami Dolphins. This morning, in a move that sent fans in a state of shock, S Bernard Pollard announced his release.
To add insult to injury, S Ed Reed hired an agent and is reportedly scheduled to test the open market with a visit the Houston Texans on Thursday. Reed joked on Twitter that he would announce his decision the same way that LeBron James did when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here’s hoping he keeps his talents in the Charm City.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Texans had their sights set on Reed from the start of the free agency period and they are looking for a replacement for Glover Quin, who signed a five-year contract with the Detroit Lions earlier this week. If the Texans aren’t able to sign Reed, the future Hall-of-Famer is expected to visit the 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts.
Fans who follow the game understand the nature of the business, but losing Reed would be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Add to that the loss of Ray Lewis, Boldin, and Pollard and some of the veteran leadership presence on both sides of the ball is practically gone.
The Ravens have always operated under the “next man up” mantra. It will be interesting to see how they fare throughout the rest of free agency and in the draft.